In Hesteyri you’ll find well maintained traditional houses from around the 1900’s that are regularly used by the owners in the summer. A Norwegian whaling station was built in Stekkeyri close to the main village in 1894 and was in operation until 1915. Then it was turned into a herring plant that ran until late 1930’s. The factory still stands and the walk there is easy.
There were about 80 inhabitants in Hesteyri at the high peak of the village in 1941 but declined fast in the next few years. In the early 1950’s all the remaining inhabitants made the decision to move away.
Hesteyri is the main gateway for hikers heading into the nature reserve of Hornstrandir. The most popular walk is over to Aðalvík and over to Kjaransvík Bay in the North.